Post # 1
I’m not talking about what house you go to or what family obligations you have… what do you and your SO do together to celebrate the holidays as a couple?
For my DH and I, we might buy each other one or two gifts, but our christmas is usually the weekend before Christmas and we spend it out to dinner or we go away to a nice hotel for a small getaway, just the two of us. We also exchange our gifts during OUR Christmas as well. We started it when we started dating since we were separated during the actual Christmas Day and its just stuck.
Anyone else have just a you and SO tradition??
Post # 3
@the_newlymintedmrs-s17: We make a brunch on Christmas morning, than play whatever video games we got each other as gifts. We will usually do a huge dinner on Christmas Eve if we don’t have family obligations (which we usually don’t).
Post # 4
@the_newlymintedmrs-s17: I’m trying to put a “just us” tradition in play this year. I don’t even remember what we did last year other than run around to different families. This year, I bought stockings, so I’m hoping in the morning we can have a nice breakfast, open our stockings plus maybe our gifts to each other and just sort of ease into the day.
On that note… if anyone has an awesome “prep it the day before and leave it in the fridge overnight” brunch recipe to share, I’d love it! We usually leave for Christmas Eve around 6pm and won’t get home until midnight or later, so something that could be in the fridge for 12-15 hours would be ideal.
Post # 5
@the_newlymintedmrs-s17: our tradition is exchanginf gifts at midnight. thats always been our thing, and then we stay up late and just enjoy eachother. then Christmas Day we go to his parents house and have dinner and exchange gifts with everyone
Post # 6
We always get one big shared gift for ourselves – in the past it’s been things like a Wii, a new mattress, etc. and then we do stocking stuffers with a price limit. It’s so much fun picking out the joint gift.
If we stay home, we cook a big Christmas Eve dinner, then curl up with cocoa and read “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
Post # 7
We don’t really do anything other than family Christmas dinners and present openings and stuff.
Post # 8
This is the first year we will be staying home for Christmas and not traveling to our families. This is also probably going to continue being what’s going to happen from now on too haha…traveling right around Christmas SUCKS. No more.
I’m interested to see what other bees say – we’re planning to sleep in, invest in a few expensive, quality beers to share and have a lazy day of watching movies and snuggling on the couch with the pup.
Post # 9
Normally we just exchange presents and kind of lean on our parent’s traditions. This is the first year it will be just us on Christmas, so we’re thinking of new traditions. One we came up with is, when we are hosting Christmas (or without family on Christmas) we plan to pick out a respective country and then cook our Christmas dinner based on that country’s staple foods. We’re both foodies, so this will be a fun way to introduce new and random foods.
Post # 10
@the_newlymintedmrs-s17: Awwww i love that!!
FI and I usually make a Christmas themed breakfast and just get ready for our day with family
Post # 11
This is something that we’re struggling to figure out. In the past, we have done Christmas together early and then separated to go to our respective parent’s houses. This year, I don’t want to be separated.
This year, we’ll do Christmas Eve with my family, then go to his Aunt’s for Christmas Eve with his family. But Christmas morning is a different story. Not sure what we’re going to do…
Tagging in for ideas.
Post # 12
@the_newlymintedmrs-s17: we do a Christmas Eve Box….well, I do. Lol. I’m the surprise planner of the 2 of us. 🙂 I give him a wrapped box on CE that has a pair of Christmas-y jammies (this year I got candy cane striped boxers for him and snowflake design pants for me), a bag of gourmet coffee or cocoa, and a DVD. I plan to keep it going when we have little ones, except instead of a DVD for them I’m going to do a holiday book.
@MexiPino: I have one! It’s for breakfast casserole: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Christmas-Breakfast-Sausage-Casserole/Detail.aspx?evt19=1
my mom always makes this for her Christmas Day brunch, and it’s so good! She always serves it with biscuits, but even on its own it’s very yummy!
Post # 13
Ugh. Dreading thinking about this. Over the summer we moved about 4 hours away from our families and friends.
We had to travel home for Thanksgiving. I really didn’t want to, knowing we’d just be back for Christmas, but we did anyway.
So we’ll be going “home” on the 21st and staying through the 27th. Not looking forward to living out of a suitcase for a week and dealing with driving from one house to another every day. We can’t stay in our new town over Christmas because we have a tasting with the caterer and will be doing our e-pics as well.
There was so much traffic during the Thanksgiving weekend, I could have pulled my hair out. Not looking forward to traveling again.
Post # 14
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
We always watch Love Actually on Christmas Eve. Other than that, this is our first year celebrating Christmas without roommates so it’s all new traditions for us.
Post # 15
@the_newlymintedmrs-s17: …its so much more than ONE day for us…its an olympiad of festive shit…
Decorating for Christmas starts the day after Thanksgiving, so while I’m a bloated mess with a case of the turkey sweats, we head out in search of a tree that, in spite of our measuring, will always be too tall for the living room and need to be cut with our chainsaw in the driveway.
Then we have our annual argument while he’s trying to get the damn thing in the stand and keeps asking me if its straight or not…thats always fun.
Then begins what I refer to as…”The Cluttering” Mr. 99 has Christmas Trains and caroling dolls and cuckoo clocks and one of those tiny little villages where its always Christmas! All of it gets put on every surface and then around 2am every night, the cat decides to play Godzilla and wreak havoc on the town before she steals Jesus from his manger in the Nativity on the fireplace and gnaws his face off….
Mr. 99’s idea of wrapping a gift is to roll it up in the comics like a tootsie roll and twist the ends…its gross and I’ve always felt that part of the gift, is the wrapping, so I spend my weekends wrapping everything we’ve bought over the year, only to have my sadistic cat steal the bows off several gifts over and over again…
Things settle down for a few weeks, we have a friend Christmas party, a family Christmas party the week after and on Christmas Eve we go out to dinner with anyone that cares to come.
My favorite is Christmas morning, its just us, the house looks like Who-Ville and and its usually snowing…Mr. 99 puts on Nat King Cole, makes us a mimosa, and we open our gifts to each other and enjoy the quiet and each other before we go to my brother’s for the chaos that is Christmas with a 5 year old in the house.
In spite of its trials and craziness, I actually love it, there are just moments when I wish I could skip this part.
Post # 16
@MexiPino: We make quiche and then reheat it on Christmas morning. It’s a much loved tradition.